Exxon Mobil (XOM) Earns Media Sentiment Rating of 0.52

News stories about Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) have trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to InfoTrie Sentiment. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than six thousand blog and news sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Exxon Mobil earned a media sentiment score of 0.52 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned headlines about the oil and gas company an news buzz score of 9 out of 10, meaning that recent news coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Exxon Mobil’s analysis:

Shares of XOM opened at $81.64 on Tuesday. Exxon Mobil has a 52-week low of $72.15 and a 52-week high of $89.30. The company has a market capitalization of $347.26 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.74, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.33 and a beta of 0.86. The company has a current ratio of 0.81, a quick ratio of 0.51 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.11.

Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) last announced its earnings results on Friday, November 2nd. The oil and gas company reported $1.46 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.21 by $0.25. Exxon Mobil had a return on equity of 9.56% and a net margin of 8.15%. The company had revenue of $76.61 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $72.91 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.93 EPS. Exxon Mobil’s quarterly revenue was up 25.4% on a year-over-year basis. Sell-side analysts expect that Exxon Mobil will post 4.63 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, December 10th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, November 13th will be given a $0.82 dividend. This represents a $3.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.02%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, November 9th. Exxon Mobil’s payout ratio is 91.36%.

XOM has been the topic of several recent research reports. Macquarie reissued a “sell” rating and set a $70.00 price target on shares of Exxon Mobil in a research report on Tuesday, July 10th. Morningstar set a $90.00 price target on Exxon Mobil and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 5th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued a “neutral” rating and set a $88.00 price target on shares of Exxon Mobil in a research report on Tuesday, July 10th. BNP Paribas set a $85.00 price target on Exxon Mobil and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 28th. Finally, Societe Generale reissued a “buy” rating and set a $87.00 price target on shares of Exxon Mobil in a research report on Wednesday, July 11th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have given a hold rating, seven have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $86.82.

In other Exxon Mobil news, VP Bradley W. Corson sold 15,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $84.02, for a total value of $1,260,300.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 214,774 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $18,045,311.48. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 0.08% of the company’s stock.

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Exxon Mobil Company Profile

Exxon Mobil Corporation explores for and produces crude oil and natural gas in the United States, Canada/Other Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia/Oceania. It operates through Upstream, Downstream, and Chemical segments. The company also manufactures petroleum products; manufactures and markets commodity petrochemicals, including olefins, aromatics, polyethylene, and polypropylene plastics, as well as various specialty products; and transports and sells crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum products.

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